The Escort bug caught on in a big way among enthusiasts and owners, with the car spawning an industry of tuners, such was the versatility of the car and the potential that lay within.
Changes were made to the engine management system and a new turbocharger was fitted.
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The second generation, starting production from late 1994, were fitted with a Garrett T25 turbocharger, a smaller unit which reduced turbo lag and increased usability in everyday driving situations.Bentley, bMW, bugatti, buick, cadillac, chevrolet, chrysler.With Ford keen to capitalise on the win on Sunday, sell on Monday ethos thats always been at the core of any manufacturers association with motorsport, the Escort was let loose on the British and World Rally Championships in the early 1970s.Ford developed the car around the chassis and mechanicals of its predecessor, the.An Escort Cosworth on a stage rally, driven by Malcolm Wilson (rally) After modifications were made to the car to make it a World Rally Car for the 1997 World Rally Championship season and 1998 World Rally Championship season seasons, it went on to score.Tommi Makinen (who took his maiden event victory for Ford.Audi, Horch, DKW, Auto Union, austin, autobianchi.With these later models, the 'whale tail' spoiler became an option.It was available from 1992-96 and in very limited numbers.Roger Clark and Russell Brookes, put themselves escort aria and the Escort on the motorsporting map.
Later production models were available without the oversize tail spoiler although by far the majority were still ordered with.
Ford Escort rallying successes, british Rally Championship titles: 1971 (Chris Sclater 1972, 73, 75 (Roger Clark 76 (Ari Vatanen 77 (Russell Brookes 78 (Hannu Mikkola 80 (Vatanen).
Success on the stages came quickly, with up-and-coming Finnish sensation Hannu Mikkola winning the gruelling London to Mexico marathon in a twin-cam Mk1 Escort in 1970.
The main selling point was the.Francois Delecour, future quadruple, list of World Rally Championship Drivers' Champions.Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, orange.The cars run of eight straight victories on the.Mk2 17 (Waldegaard 6; Mikkola 4; Vatanen 4; Clark 1; Kyosti Hamalainen 1; Makinen 1).'Ghia' further modified the Escort bodyshell to accommodate the larger Cosworth engine and transmission.World Championship rally wins: Mk1 4 (Timo Makinen 4; Mikkola 1).With Thiry, Ari Vatanen (on a one-off podium-scoring basis at the Safari Rally after Thiry suffered an injury) and four-time World Drivers' Champion Juha Kankkunen now behind the wheel of the cars, the Escort name finally bowed out of works rallying altogether after a double-podium.Despite this, the now-modified RS Cosworth was used by Ford as their factory rally car until it was permanently replaced by the Focus WRC for the Monte Carlo Rally of 1999 World Rally Championship season.The Escort RS Cosworth was produced until early in 1996 when the European Union introduced a tough new set of noise regulations for motor vehicles and Ford decided to stop production rather than change the car to meet the new noise regulations.